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The danger of extremism

Published: 07/08/2013 04:39:00 AM GMT
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The Islamic world has long been wrestling with the danger of extremism and radicalism. Although the number of those attempting to make extremism part of Islam is not large, there are still many people who believe this minority. These people are also portrayed as Muslims in the media. The people in question generally come to the fore with hatred, threats, fear and rage, implement violence and thus manage to remain on the agenda. The word “Muslim” has always brought to mind these people’s loveless aspects, and that has always suggested war, hatred and rage.

By Didem Rahvanci


The Islamic world has long been wrestling with the danger of extremism and radicalism. Although the number of those attempting to make extremism part of Islam is not large, there are still many people who believe this minority. These people are also portrayed as Muslims in the media.

The people in question generally come to the fore with hatred, threats, fear and rage, implement violence and thus manage to remain on the agenda. The word “Muslim” has always brought to mind these people’s loveless aspects, and that has always suggested war, hatred and rage.

Extremists who claim to be Muslims proclaim the religion they establish on the basis of their own rules to be Islam. But that religion has nothing to do with Islam. Such people are generally unaware of the error they find themselves in. These people engage in intense activities in order to depict things described as lawful and fine in the Qur’an as unlawful, inflicting lack of quality on the Islamic world and portraying Islam, a religion of peace, as one of war and hatred. Asked about the source of the nonsense they append to the faith, they can never produce any evidence from the Qur’an.

Most of them ignorantly violate our Almighty Lord’s verse “You who have iman! do not make haram the good things Allah has made halal for you, and do not overstep the limits. Allah does not love people who overstep the limits” (Surat al-Ma’ida, 87) by trying to make delights praised by the Qur’an unlawful.

As a result, they produce their own cold religion of hatred, devoid of quality. The fact is that Islam is a religion of love, affection, beauty and happiness. In contrast to the false religion of the extremists, Allah states in the Qur’an that Islam is a religion of beauty, quality and felicity: Islam is based on love: Allah loves to loves.

In the verse “As for those who have iman and do right actions, the All-Merciful will bestow His love on them” (Surah Maryam, 96). Our Almighty Lord reveals how Muslims have love in their hearts, not hatred. There is no hatred for the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) in Islam: Love and affection for and protection of the People of the Book are fundamental.

In verse 5 of Surat al-Ma’ida, Almighty Allah makes if lawful for Muslims to eat food prepared by Jews and Christians. The same verse also permits Muslims to marry women from the People of the Book. In other words, according to this verse of the Qur’an, a Jew or a Christian is not to be hated, she is a Muslim’s wife and beloved with whom he will live in the hereafter.

In verse 169 of Surat al-A’raf, Allah reveals there are “a group who guide by the truth” among the Jews. In verses 113, 114 and 199 of Surat al-‘Imran, verse 52 of Surat al-Qasas, verse 162 of Surat an-Nisa’, verse 62 of Surat al-Baqara and verses 12 and 69 of Surat al-Ma’ida, Allah reveals the existence of “Jews and Christians who have a deep faith in Allah.”

He promises them a fine reward. So according to the Qur’an, the People of the Book, who some radicals regard with hatred, are the friends and even the wives of Muslims. In Islam, everyone can read the Qur’an in his own language, everywhere and under all circumstances: In the verse “And remember the Signs of Allah and the wise words which are recited in your rooms.” (Surat al-Ahzab, 34).

Our Lord reveals that the verses of the Qur’an should be read all the time and that their wisdom should be grasped and not forgotten. The Qur’an can be read at all times and in all places. There are no commandments about not touching the Qur’an. The important thing is to understand it. Therefore, everyone must read it is his own language and grasp the wisdom of its verses.

According to verse 44 of Surat az-Zukhruf, in the hereafter all Muslims will be asked about the Qur’an, which the radicals hang on a wall and forget or read in Arabic and fail to understand. Therefore, nobody must be led astray by the radicals into abandoning the Qur’an and their acts of worship.

There is no sorrow in Islam: Islam is a religion of joy and happiness. Allah says that Muslims should laugh and be happy. According to the Qur’an, weeping and sorrow are features of the people of hell. Of them, Allah says, “Let them laugh little and weep much.” (Surat at-Tawba, 82) therefore, a Muslim has a responsibility to live in a way that will be pleasing to Allah, by laughing and being happy and joyful. Quality, cleanliness, beauty, art, science, education, fineness and being well-groomed are important in Islam: People who have for years claimed to stand for Islam with filthy and badly maintained clothes are trying to make a religious law out of a piece of nonsense.

Yet in the verse “Purify your clothes. Shun all filth.” (Surat al-Mudaththir, 4-5), Allah advises Muslims to keep their clothes and homes clean. He advises them to reflect and grow in knowledge. The Qur’an describes the palace of the Prophet Solomon (pbuh) as one of the finest examples of beauty and esthetics. For that reason, Muslims must be the best-groomed, best-quality and most cultured people in the world.

Quality is essential to all aspects of life for a Muslim. But those who misinterpret Islam seek to present and live by a conception of Islam that is devoid of quality. For that reason, some people equate Islam with the kind of life these people live and therefore oppose the Qur’an. Because of these people’s peculiar ideas, Muslims are exposed to strong criticism in many countries. Because they generally depict an ill-kempt, filthy and ugly life style that is incompatible with Islam and the Qur’an as actually being Islam.

They behave with no quality in their eating habits, clothing and speech. And they are determined to maintain that lack of quality. They establish a model intended to totally eradicate beauty and regard it as a sin. They claim that someone who is ugly and ill-kempt is full of takwa. They do not listen to music, they do not like paintings, they avoid people and do not speak, and they never compliment anyone. Because of these strange ideas, they themselves actually detest their lives because of the lack of quality they experience at every moment.

Something comparable in this world to the beauty and quality that Allah creates in paradise is only possible by living by true Islamic values. Compliments, winning people over, altruism, consideration, peace, love, affection, compassion, democracy, freedom of ideas, having fun, joy, pleasant architecture and being attractive and well-groomed all have a place in the true Islam.

Extremists who forfeit all blessing sin this world, who regard the blessing of love as the opposite of Islam and who equate pleasant homes and clothes and living amid blessings with those who abandon Allah seek to portray religion as living in poverty. Yet Allah has made believers worthy of all blessings.

He refers to those who try to make His blessings as lawful as follows in a verse: Say: ‘Who has forbidden the fine clothing Allah has produced for His slaves and the good kinds of provision?’ Say: ‘On the Day of Rising such things will be exclusively for those who had iman during their life in the dunya.’ In this way We make the Signs clear for people who know. (Surat al-A’raf, 32) Beauty, joy, quality, happiness, modernity and affection all exist for Muslims. That is the Muslim model in the Qur’an.

The Muslim in the Qur’an is intelligent and educated. He is modern and outward-looking and high-quality. The Muslim in the Qur’an eradicates hatred and brings love. The Muslim in the Qur’an tries to instill love instead of sorrow, and peace instead of conflict. The Muslim in the Qur’an is attractive, well-groomed, well-dressed, pleasant-smelling and lives in a spotless home.

That is why they have no need for wealth or to cover or uncover their heads. Beauty, modernity, nobility and quality, immaculate clothes and a well-maintained body, fine language and a loving, radiant face all emerge naturally.

The Islamic world needs peaceful and enlightened people who apply the true Qur’an. The false model that seeks to add nonsense to Islam, that makes lawful things unlawful and that brings rage and hatred to the world must be abandoned. For that reason, true Muslims who abide by the Qur’an must show the world the model of the Muslim in the Qur’an, must be exceptionally high quality and loving and must educate those people who misinterpret Islam. And that is what Allah wants from us.



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